Chamber welcomes publication of Irish Government Negotiation Paper

“The British Irish Chamber of Commerce welcomes the publication of the Irish Government’s document Ireland and the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.

As we approach negotiations, it is important for businesses to know and be aware of the priorities for Government in the period ahead including the avoidance of a hard border and the retention of the Common Travel Area.

The Chamber further welcomes the news that the Government will now intensify its focus on the potential economic implications of Brexit, which is a matter of most concern for members.

Speaking after publication, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, John McGrane said:

“I fully welcome the Government’s pro-active approach to the upcoming Brexit negotiations. In the uncertain period ahead we need both sides of the negotiations to work together to finalise an agreement that will benefit all in both the EU and the UK.

“I am encouraged by the Irish Government’s emphasis on the need to move on to discussions on the future relationship between the EU and the UK as early as possible and the need for transitional arrangements.

“Both of these steps are essential if we are to avoid a cliff edge and to ensure businesses on both islands and across the EU are not unduly damaged by the political process that we are now engaged in.”


The link to the Govt press release is here.

The link to the full document is here.


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